New York State
Insurance Department


ISSUED 01/13/2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MILLS OFFERS CONSUMER TIPS ON WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS

        Superintendent of Insurance Howard Mills today released a list of important tips for New Yorkers in the event their insured residence or automobile is damaged due to severe winter weather.

        "As winter gets into full swing, New York’s insurance consumers need to be aware of what is covered and what is not covered under their homeowners and automobile insurance policies," Superintendent Mills stated. The two key questions homeowners should ask themselves, and the answers, are as follows:

Those involved in an automobile accident and planning to file a claim should:

        "The best protection is to be prepared," Superintendent Mills added. "I urge New York insurance consumers to know what their policies cover in the event that winter weather causes damage to their property or vehicle."

        For more information on these matters, please visit www.ins.state.ny.us, or call the Department’s toll-free Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-342-3736. Consumers can also contact the New York State Insurance Department if they have a dispute with their insurer about the amount or terms of a claim settlement.


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